Monday, November 9, 2020

BOOK TOUR & REVIEW - Maintenance Required (The Cortell Brothers #1) by Giulia Lagomarsino

Title: Maintenance Required
Series: The Cortell Brothers Book One
Author: Giulia Lagomarsino
Genre: Small Town Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2020

I live my life by a certain standard. There are right and wrong ways to do things, and I always make sure that I'm on the right side. My brothers call me a wet blanket. They say I'm buttoned-up, boring, and that I don't know how to let loose. There's a reason I'm that way, and she just walked through my door. With one wild night, I've thrown all my moral guidelines out the window. Now I'm stuck with her and there's no possible way this could work between us. We're complete opposites in every way, but damn she's sexy. Not that it matters. There will never be more between us. One of us will end up killing the other first.

After a long shift in the cancer ward at the children's hospital, I just want to let loose. My friend set me up on a date, and I gladly took it to let off some steam. I've got a fun outfit and I'm ready to let loose. But my one night of fun was spoiled the minute he walked through that door. I was just looking for a good time, and I got him instead. He's good-looking, but that's about all that he has going for him. He's not at all my type, and now he seems to think that I'm some loose whore. It was one night! But I'm stuck with him, so I have to find a way to make this work. If I don't figure out a way to make the man loosen up, I'll go insane.

As soon as I learned that Giulia Lagomarsino had a new series on the horizon, I was eager to sign up and as soon as the book hit my e-reader, I put life on pause and immediately dove in, and I was NOT disappointed. We met Eric in one of the Reed Security series (his brother was the star of that particular story).

Eric isn't the type of man to just let loose and enjoy what life has to offer, until the night he meets Kat. There's no denying the chemistry between these two, although Eric's behavior the next morning definitely leave a lot to be desired. With Kat's professional career, it's no wonder she wants to cut loose and just enjoy her time away from her job, although she got more than she bargained for when she meets Eric.

A good portion of the story is dedicated to us seeing the evolving relationship between Kat and Eric; of course what happens is something they weren't prepared for, and it did take some time for them to come to grips with the impending changes, but we also get to see how well suited they are for each other once they drop their guards and start being themselves with each other. I loved how Eric's brothers embraced Kat into the fold of their family; it was all so organic how it happened.

The last third of the book deals with circumstances beyond anyone's control and the impact the event has on both Kat and Eric and how they deal with what happened. This is when all of the emotions come out in full force and you can almost feel what they're each going through. There was a moment in the book in which Eric finally loses his shit in the grocery store and goes HAM. Now, I don't agree with the bombs he detonated, but I can understand his knee jerk reaction after being confronted with fake sympathy. And Kat's best friend Chrissy was right to call her out as well, because although it was a hard truth, Kat needed to hear Chrissy's words.

I liked how the story wrapped up with Eric stepping way outside his comfort zone, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. 


I'm a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, "No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book." I didn't think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn't already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven't been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.


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